Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Books I read in December 2013
No Biking in the House Without a Helmet by Melissa Fay Greene ****
Hands down the best memoir I've ever read. This was a great book about a great family. The author and her husband had 4 biological children then adopted 5 more. I loved every single person in this family. I wish they were my neighbors.
Beautiful Day by Elin Hildebrand ***
I didn't like everyone in this book. Not by a long shot. Some of them acted terribly. I did like the overall portrait though. It was of a loving family (that didn't always get along) on the wedding day of their youngest sister. I love family dramas (but not so much in real life...).
Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze by Elizabeth Foreman Lewis ***
I read this book aloud to Mark for school. (We actually read a lot of books, I mostly just mention the ones I exceptionally liked.) We both liked it. It was about a young man growing up in China. He was apprentices to a coppersmith. He got into all sorts of scrapes but always learned his lesson and came out on top. It's a good book for 5th grade boys (and their moms).
Telling the Bees by Peggy Hesketh *
I didn't like this book. I didn't like the characters or the weird meandering style. I read it because it was compelling enough at the start and then I was stuck at an appointment and read and read and then I only had 100 pages left so I persevered to the end. There was a lot of beekeeping information in the book. More than I really needed. Except without it there would have been more of the rambling and stingily doled out story and I certainly didn't want that.
Real Life and Liars by Kristina Riggle **
I can't give this book a ringing endorsement because for one thing it was a little crude and rude at times and I don't like that. Also, the characters were mostly self absorbed jerks. Besides that, it was pretty interesting and thought provoking. Even though I didn't necessarily like the characters, I did find myself rooting for them.